COVID-19: All reeds are being disinfected and sanatized upon mailing. Surfaces are being wiped down daily and hands are being washed. I am the only reed maker and have full control over this. I am in good health and have practiced social distancing since mid-March.
Stable - reed is NOT flat, crows a C
Flexible - warm, deep and wide range of colors to the sound
Responsive - easily in all octaves
100% handmade and tested by me. American-style professional-level reeds, short V-shaped tip-- slightly horizontal-- supportive rails and spin with a smooth scrape with a slight distinction between the heart and back. I only sell reeds that I would use in a concert, which means I put great time and effort into every reed, slowly crafting them from start to finish over several sitting and drying periods, to settle the cane.
Healthy Resistance is the Key to Promoting Healthy Playing Habits:
The reed holds itself and needs just the most delicate interaction with the embouchure and corners to create a beautiful, sweet, deep and rich sound. My reeds promote healthy embouchure/air support habits, with pitch-stability in the high and low register, as well as a healthy resistance. My reeds are built to play and respond well with both great and minimal air pressure.
The Sensitive Reed:
Reeds are very sensitive! They can change with moisture dry weather, temperature, altitude, and various other factors. These changes can take place over long or short periods of time, and can also take place during the reed journey to you. **It is important to understand that this might imply that you adjust the reed when it arrives, so that the reed’s playing characteristics match your personal desires. The reed is not over scraped and there is room for clipping. ***Please feel free to contact me directly. I will help guide you on how to make any reed adjustments.
The Cane Quality:
All my reeds are made out of high-quality Rigotti cane, which I hand select, gouge and shape. The "Professional" oboe reed uses cane that has a slight "u" shape, to create "tight corners." The "Advanced Student" oboe reed uses straight oboe cane. I do not use cane that is shaped as a "bridge", as poor quality cane will create a poor quality opening and many problems in the reed.
"Professional" versus "Advanced Student" Oboe Reeds:
The "Professional" oboe reed uses a natural cork oboe staple with cane that is extremely high in quality. The "Advanced Student" oboe reed uses a synthetic cork oboe staple with high quality cane.
I strongly believe that oboe students (of all ages) should have good reeds to play on. Many reeds are of poor quality, which creates many more obstacles on students’ learning journey.
Why Are My Reeds More Expensive than Others’ Reeds?
I make every reed as if it was for me! I work on every reed over several days. I believe in working slowly on a reed, scraping cane little by little, wetting and drying the reed so that the cane settles in. I never create a reed in one sitting, which can produce unpredictable reeds. I like to make sure that every reed is a stable reed that I can play on, in the chamber, solo and orchestra setting. My reeds play freely with very little air, soft dynamics with a guitarist, and play with a lot of air, as is needed to project in an orchestra.
Shipment of Reeds…
I use corrugated crush-proof mailer boxes. I place the reeds in a special triangular tube to prevent any contact from the tip of the reed with the end of the tube.
(If reeds are placed incorrectly into the tubes, they will break. The end of the reed must be inserted firmly into the top.)
**Please contact me directly if you are mailing reeds to me.
My reeds are guaranteed to have no structural deficiencies.
Please be advised, I do not refund or exchange reeds unless they have a defect in their construction.